“First, do no harm.” It’s an oath many physicians take when they graduate from medical school. Unfortunately, they often forget to include themselves in this statement. Not by their own choosing, but as a result of medicine's current culture.
Research continues to indicate a lack of self-care by physicians can lead to depression and even suicide. As a profession, physicians face higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide compared to the general population, and an estimated 400 U.S. physicians die by suicide every year.
So, how does it happen, and how can you recognize the symptoms?
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